Jack White has shared a new poem that he has written on the Third Man Records blog.
Titled ‘Music Is Sacred and written entirely in lower case’, the piece addresses “those who would stand for the sanctity of music”. At the end of the poem, White simply signed off with his name.
You can read the poem in full below, via Pitchfork.
“those of you who stand for the sanctity of music
so that its soul can breathe
and be heard
so that it blooms in graveyards
echoes in hotel hallways
awakens neighbors in the night
and fills peoples minds with fire
shout it out loud with whatever microphone you have
or these stones will shout for you.
jump in front of demons,
and stand over cowards and those who would intend
to rip out your lungs and dampen your desire
tell the living and the dead
what you know in your heart to be true
and what you know your ears
will forever hear
that the melody of the human race
is a song that never ends.
music is sacred.”
White defended his part in Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal earlier this week (May 21). White was among the big name musicians who helped launch Tidal this year and appeared at the launch event alongside Madonna, Kanye West, Daft Punk and Beyonce.
Tidal’s intent, Jay Z has previously claimed, is to give artists a fairer share of revenue than other streaming options, such as Spotify. However, Tidal has found itself as a target of criticism, with the likes of Mumford & Sons, Steve Albini, Lily Allen and Ben Gibbard recently sharing their views on the matter. Their criticisms included suggestions that its model will only favour mainstream acts, and that it’s little more than a vanity project.
White tackles these criticisms in a Q+A with fans about Tidal on his Third Man Records website. Asked whether or not it’s fair to charge a premium price for access to music is fair, White responds: “How much did you pay for that last movie you saw at the theatre? And how much did that movie cost to make? Don’t devalue musicians man, support them. Making records is expensive, believe us, I don’t see people saying we should go to the movies for free, or Netflix should be free. That state of music is in flux, be on the side of supporting creativity, not taking from it. this gives you that chance.”